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  • Writer's pictureChuck Monan

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger

Nourishing the Soul: Discover the hunger for righteousness as the key to true fulfillment. Seek spiritual nourishment beyond superficiality.

Conditioned by years of eating empty and far too many calories, many Americans struggle to really understand what it means to be hungry.

Spiritually we also know little about those things which will fill us up with real nourishment. Too many opt for pablum and pseudo-intellectual spiritual food, but these are the equivalent of chips and soda. They will not make us healthy.

Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Consider the thoughts of a few seekers on this promise:

If this verse is to you one of the most blessed statements of the whole of Scripture, you can be quite certain you are a Christian; if it is not, then you had better examine the foundations again.

— David Martin Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

It is the desire for God which is the most fundamental appetite of all, and it is an appetite we can never eliminate. We may seek to disown it, but it will not go away. If we deny that it is there, we shall in fact only divert it to some other object or range of objects. And that will mean that we invest some creature or creatures with the full burden of our need for God, a burden which no creature can carry.

— Simon Tugwell, The Beatitudes

This Beatitude prompts a look at our heart’s desire. What hungers and desires operate within us? Which of them commands our utmost loyalty?

— John W. Miller, The Christian Way

Biblical righteousness is more than a private and personal affair; it includes social righteousness as well…

Thus Christians are committed to hunger for righteousness in the whole human community as something pleasing to a righteous God.

— Jim Forest, The Ladder of the Beatitudes


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